Qigong for Weight Loss Case Study: Day 18
At some point you will want to end your fast. Here's how to break your fast safely and gently.
I've decided to extend my fast beyond my original 21 day goal. To serve the people who are already fasting along with my YouTube channel, I wanted to have the information of how to break a fast available.
This advice is best suited for longer fasts of 5+ days, although would be good practice to go through these stages even for shorter length fasts.
The important thing to understand is that you've made a dramatic shift in your body by fasting for longer than 5+ days and you need to gradually reintroduce food so you do not shock your body.
Eating too much food too fast can cause serious problems, even death. Be sure to follow these guidelines and to trust your body in baby steps.
I've given guidelines to adjust this process for any length of fast.
By fasting you've also reduced your appetite, you can extend your weight loss and create new healthy habits by following these stages at a slower pace. Take your time and enjoy the sensations of eating again!
Note: This blog post is also a supplement to the video above, so be sure to watch the video for the full story 🙂
Day 18 Without Food: Timeline
Day 18 happened on April 9th, 2020. Worked overnight again so not too much to report other than my daily Qigong routine.
Here’s what I did during day 18:
Did the Qigong for Weight Loss practices, finished at work and drove home.
Created and uploaded today's video and blog post.
Went to sleep to prepare to work overnight.
Weighed in at 209.7, for 28.2 pounds of weight loss in the past 17 days!
Spent time with my wife before going to work
Drove to work and worked overnight, patrolling an empty resort. This is busier than normal because of the closure of the resort due to the stay at home policy in effect. Squeezed in 30 minutes of Qigong practice, which felt like enough & still maintained high energy throughout the night 🙂
Final Thoughts About Day 18:
Life just keeps going on as normal. I've got more energy than when I am eating normally, and the idea that I'm fasting is limited to a mental awareness.
There is no emotional residue of wanting to eat. I'm going to continue the fast beyond my original 21 day goal, but leaving it open ended as long as I feel inspired to continue. At some point I will wind the fast down, but sharing these breaking fast tips are simply for the people who may be wondering how to do so.
Another fantastic high-energy day!
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